Three years ago a friend (photographer Frans Lanting) and I noodled about getting cameras into The Kilgoris Project’s schools. Like most great ideas, we dreamed a little. Then the thoughts lay dormant for a while.
But in late November, the idea began to come to life. The Plus One Collection’s Ivan Makarov suggested using proceeds from an upcoming fundraiser to run the program. SeedLight’s Gavin Gough and Lesley Fisher joined for the implementation.
Last month Gavin and Lesley worked with 12 TKP primary students for a week. The kids covered everything from basic photography to composition and color. Over the next year, these junior photojournalists will take their cameras with them everywhere.
One of our goals is to let the students document their lives. This will create an intimate view of day-to-day life among the Maasai. The images from the first week alone give a beautiful perspective.
Another goal is to give the students a new medium for self-expression. Photography opens up a new way of speaking to the world. For the first time in their lives, these students will have free reign to create art.
Here is a first look at what the students captured:
These images were taken after spending a week at The Kilgoris Project in Western Kenya. This month, The Kilgoris Project is raising money to add electricity to one of it's schools.